Posts tagged ‘Pet’

Why do pigs wallow in mud?

Pigs wallow in mud because it feels good to them.  Pigs have no sweat glands in their thick skin to serve as a cooling system. Wallowing in mud helps pigs to keep cool on a hot day.  The coating of mud also adds a protective layer against the sun and helps keep off biting insects.

Pigs have a reputation of being dirty and stupid because they wallow in mud. But they keep themselves cleaner than most other farm animals.  Pigs have been shown to be the most intelligent of all hoofed animals.  They can be taught to perform tricks and can even become pets.–Dick Rogers

What is an albino?

True albinos, like the white, pink-eyed rabbit pets, are born without any coloring matter in their bodies.

An albino is a person born without any coloring matter or pigment, in his skin.  In such a person the skin is milky-white and the hair is very light.

A person who is a true albino also has pink eyes because the iris (the colored part of the eye) is so clear that the tiny blood vessels of the eye shines through.  In normal eyes, the color of the iris serves to hide the pinkness.

The color of our skin is chiefly due to the presence of a color pigment called “melanin,”  which gives the skin what we call “flesh color.”

When melanin accumulates in small spots in the skin, freckles appear.  And when you spend a few days in the sun, the sunlight darkens the melanin in your skin and this results in a “suntan.”

Albinism is found not only in man, but among all kinds of animals and birds, and it is even found in plants.  Perhaps the animal albinos we are all most familiar white mice and rats and rabbits that have pink eyes.

White ducks, chickens and horses are not true albinos, because most of them have color pigments in eyes, beaks or legs. –Dick Rogers

How do canaries learn to sing?

Canary

Young canaries learn to sing by taking, “Singing Lessons” from older birds.  People keep canaries for their songs, and because they make cheerful pets.

Young canaries are given singing lessons.  People who raise canaries take great care in training them to sing.

The male canary is the best songster.  The young canaries imitate the songs of other birds, so they learn by listening to older birds that sing especially well.  Besides, music is played for them.

Sometimes canaries can even be taught to sing like nightingales by playing those records of nightingale songs.

Canaries are named for the Canary Island, the home of their wild ancestors,  Long ago, when Spanish explorers landed on one of their island homes, they found many wild dogs.

So they named the Island “Canaries,”  which means “isle of Dogs,” and canaries got their name from the Island.  There are still wild canaries on this island.

Wild canaries can sing, but their songs are not nearly as beautiful as those of the tame birds which have been bred for many generations for the quality of their songs. – Dick Rogers

Why are dalmatians called fire dogs?

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian has been traditionally the pet of firemen, and was once kept as a companion to race alone with the horse-drawn fire engines. 

The Dalmatian is a large, white-spotted dog that looks a pointer.  Dalmatian are popularly known as fire dogs and are often found today as pets of firemen at fire station. 

Another  name for the Dalmatian is the coach dog.  These dogs were once used to run along with horse-drawn coaches to protect them from highwaymen.  At the end of the journey they stood guard over the coach. 

When early-time firemen began  using horses to pull their fire engines, they adopted the Dalmatian as a companion to run along with fire horses. 

Later, when fire engines became motorized, the Dalmatian was still kept as a mascot.  Dalmatian aren’t born with a spots.  Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born.  The black or brown spots appear after about three weeks. 

Dalmatian were named for Dalmatia, in Yugoslavia, where they were ones raised as watchdogs. – Dick Rogers